Take-out Tuesday, Gnocchi with Bacon Cream

HHjr is the head chef in my kitchen,

but on Valentine’s Day, his birthday,

I wanted to cook dinner for him

We waited to have the family celebration

for last weekend when we were all at the beach

I wanted it to be elegant and special

but I also didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen…

I went to Fresh Market,

they have a nice selection of gourmet type goodies,

and decided on their Chicken Portabella,

chicken breasts stuffed with mushrooms,

ready to bake and serve

I had Truffle Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s in the freezer

and decided to make a creamy sauce

that would work with both the gnocchi and the chicken,

and I could do a simple side of roasted asparagus spears

I also picked up Swiss Almond cheese spread {his favorite}

from Fresh Market deli,

and a slice of White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

from Fresh Market’s bakery for the birthday boy

All I had to do was put the chicken in the oven,

cook the gnocchi, make the cream sauce

and roast the asparagus

I amped things up a little with Maple Bourbon bacon 😋

The sauce is easy, all you have to do is cook the bacon,

drain and add the onions to the rendered fat in the pan

Cook until they soften then add garlic and cook another minute

Add chardonnay and let it reduce by half

then reduce heat and add cream and cheese

I went ahead and cooked the gnocchi in the afternoon,

put it in a small baking dish

and poured the sauce over all

and refrigerated it to bake later along side the chicken

You can add some bacon to the sauce if desired

or use it all as a crispy garnish

I cooked the asparagus,

that I tossed with olive oil, salt & pepper,

in the air fryer, 380 degrees for 10 minutes,

and it was perfect

Gnocchi with Bacon Cream

This easy dish is a sophisticated cousin of macaroni and cheese. The soft gnocchi is covered in a creamy Parmesan bacon sauce. The dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated covered for baking later
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup chardonnay or other white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • grated Asiago & Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz gnocchi

Instructions
 

  • Fry bacon until crisp. Drain and tear into small pieces
  • Chop onion and add it to the rendered bacon fat in skillet and cook over medium heat until softened.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Deglaze the pan with chardonnay and cook until the liquid has reduced by half
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in cream.
  • Add half of the Parmesan cheese and part of the bacon if desired, reserving the rest for garnishing, and let the sauce gently simmer
  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Place in a buttered or greased small casserole dish and cover with sauce. Can be covered and refrigerated at this point for baking later if desired.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Garnish with reserved cheese and bacon

Notes

This is a great dish with chicken as the sauce is good with chicken too
Keyword bacon cream sauce, do ahead side dish, gnocchi, gnocchi casserole, potato casserole

Gnocchi is a wonderful side dish and a way to change up your menu

It is available in the pasta section,

and in the refrigerated pasta section,

and in the frozen section of the grocery store

Enjoy!

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Comments
35 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Gnocchi with Bacon Cream”
  1. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna, what a delicious birthday dinner! I wish both Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s were closer to us. Belated happy birthday wishes to HHjr. ♥

  2. You have me at bacon cream!

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    I completely agree with Angie.

  4. Bacon cream would be a hit with my family. Jenna, the birthday meal sounds so delicious and your planning kept you from being in the kitchen all day. I love Fresh Market and TJ’s when I make a trip to Birmingham. Happy Tuesday!

  5. I’m sure you made your husband very happy!

  6. A Valentine’s Day birthday deserves a little indulgence like a delicious creamy sauce. It looks amazing.

  7. Martha says:

    OMG I just drooled on my keyboard!

  8. Rosie M. says:

    I was just about to say the same thing Martha just said! Gotta try this recipe!

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, this was such a special birthday celebration! Love the meal you prepared and I’m sure it was enjoyed and appreciated by HHjr. Nice you planned the family celebration for the beach, how special it that! I need to get to TJ’s soon!

  10. lghiggins says:

    I’m sure you all enjoyed his birthday celebration. Your selections were quite elegant!

  11. Kitty says:

    Happy Birthday to your Head Chef, Jenna. I’m sure the birthday boy enjoyed his special meal. The gnocchi with the bacon cream sauce sounds so yummy!

  12. Nancy Sharp says:

    I love so many of your recipes and I love your paintings and drawings.

  13. A very nice dinner indeed! While I’ve had gnocchi, I’ve never served it for Sunday dinner… Think I’ll do that soon, thanks:@)

  14. Sarah says:

    Jenna, this dinner looks fabulous! I love the menu. and the darling paintings. You never miss a creative beat. Happy Day!

  15. Happy belated birthday to your head chef! The food looks amazing. YUM! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. pattyanneart says:

    Yum! What a wonderful birthday dinner.

  17. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations, your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday, 578. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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